Wenger: Chelsea and Spurs will face stadium disadvantage

Date published: Thursday 21st January 2016 11:01

Arsene Wenger: Described Wembley stay as a "nightmare"

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Chelsea and Tottenham that they may struggle when making temporary moves away from their home grounds. 

As both clubs look to move to Wembley Stadium as their home stadiums undergo building work, the Arsenal manager has warned his London rivals that they will not feel at home in the temporary stadium.

Chelsea are eyeing a four-year tenancy at Wembley, while Spurs are looking to play home games there for one season while their new stadium is completed.

Wenger managed Arsenal when the club decided to play their home Champions League games at the old Wembley as opposed to the much smaller Highbury Stadium.

However, the Gunners failed to get past the group stage in either the 1998/99 or the 1999/00 seasons, winning just two games during their two-year stay at the national stadium.

Having moved back to their home ground Highbury, Wenger admits it was the “wrong decision” to move stadiums.

“It was a nightmare,” he said.

“In hindsight it was the wrong decision. At the time at Highbury we had to cut 5,000 seats.

“We decided to go to Wembley, but we didn’t feel at home.

“The pitch was bigger, the ground was different and for the English players it was something completely unusual.

“We were used at Highbury to a tight pitch and unfortunately we were playing against Dynamo Kiev, who were running everywhere on a very big pitch. It was a disadvantage for sure.”


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